The English FA have today confirmed that Fabio Capello will keep his job as England coach, following the complete capitulation of the England team in South Africa.
Fabio Capello – keeps England job
Apparently Fabio has been given the go ahead to lead England into the European 2012 qualifiers, following a meeting of the Club England Board consisting of Sir Dave Richards, Alex Horne, Sir Trevor Brooking and Adrian Bevington.
Following the meeting Dave Richards said:
“We are all still extremely disappointed at our performance in South Africa and believed it was important to take some time to reflect on everything in a calm and considered manner back in England.”
“After fully discussing our performance we remain convinced that Fabio is the best man for the job.”
“He went into the World Cup with a reputation as one of world football’s finest managers and we are confident Fabio will benefit from his first international tournament experience, and this will undoubtedly make us all stronger for the Euro 2012 campaign.”
Capello, who was told the news while he was still on vacation, issued the following statement:
“I am more determined than ever to succeed with the England team.” “Sir Dave Richards has called me to tell me everyone at tthe FA wants me to continue. I explained it is very important we use the disappointment as a motivation in the future.”
“I can assure the fans I am now fully focused on our European qualifying fixtures, starting with the friendly against Hungary in August.” “We will look to introduce new players to give the team new energy and I will use all my experience to take England forward.
“I am extremely proud to be the England manager, it means so much to me and I am determined to succeed.”
We know that Fabio is very proud to be the England manager, but the lack of team spirit and fight all across the England team in the World Cup suggests that an England manager would have had an easier job to rally the England players.
But now there is the distinct possibility that England will qualify – and qualify well for the European Championship Finals – but then when we get to the finals in Poland and the Ukraine (8th June to 1st July 2012) the England players will look like frightened little kids on the big stage and simply freeze – again.
We obviously hope that is not the case, but looking back on Fabio’s career with England the only thing that didn’t work was the finals in South Africa, because before that Capello had a great record as England manager.
That’s the thing that really concerns us, because we think the English players are not very strong mentally.